Strictly Come Dancing pro Graziano Di Prima ‘fell off his chair’ when producers asked him to join show

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Strictly Come Dancing star Graziano Di Prima is currently wowing theatre goers in new hit show Here Come The Boys.

The 27 year old dancing sensation has joined a handful of his Strictly co-stars, including Aljaž Škorjanec and Pasha Kovalev, which he has described as “amazing.”

Italian dancer Graziano skyrocketed to fame after he joined the Strictly cast in 2018 and in a chat with OK! Online he described the moment he found out the news as “life-changing.”

Graziano said: “From Sicily, after many years of competitions, we ended up in London and the production said to us ‘guys, the Strictly producer is coming to see us tonight’ but I wasn’t bothered as I was still so new.


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“After two weeks, the producer from the show I was working on at the time called and said ‘I’ve got two pieces of news to share, one is bad and one is beautiful.’

“I told him to start with the bad one. He said ‘you’ll never work with us again.’ And I was shocked, and said what? and I asked him for the good news, and he said ‘Strictly asked me about you.’

“I fell from the chair, and someone asked if I wanted a glass of wine, and I said yes!”


Graziano said the idea of being on Strictly had always been in the back of his mind, but that he was “totally shocked” when he discovered he’d be starring on the show.

The star, who said he’d be “happy” to be in a same sex couple on the show, added: “When it happened I was literally shocked and even if Strictly finished tomorrow I know that it’s something that changed my life and it’s such a beautiful thing. I realise every season how lucky I am to come back.”

Since starring on Strictly, Graziano has been partnered with radio DJ Vick Hope, and they came in 12th place, and he danced with Chizzy Akudolu in the 2019 Strictly Christmas Special.

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When he’s not dancing on the BBC show, he’s impressing his 121,000 Instagram followers with his dance routines, which he does with his gorgeous fiancée Giada Lini.

The sweet pair met while dancing and despite having planned to get married, the pandemic has unfortunately scuppered their plans.

Graziano told OK! Online: “We’ve had to cancel the wedding twice and it’s crazy.

“When you think about your wedding you want to make it the best day ever, but obviously the wedding is not the main thing when the pandemic happened. It wasn’t the right moment with people suffering. This year, the conditions aren’t right.

“I’m from Italy and we’re going to do it in Sicily, and Giada’s family is in Venice and everyone needs to come to Sicily. We’ve been struggling because we also want my UK friends to join us but they can’t come to Sicily because of the ten days of quarantine.

“So we’re going to wait one more year.”

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